1. Tea pots
Ideally, teapots required in Gong-fu Cha are made from unglazed Yixing clay which is reputed to produce tea pots that have the ability to improve the tea’s taste, quality and scent.
Yixing clay is known to cause mixing of the flavours from previously brewed tea into any tea brewed in the pot thereafter because the clay has holes that retain tea oils.
The clay is also resistant to even extreme temperatures for prolonged periods.
Small pots are recommended for better control of temperature and brewing time.
Three pots are generally used in Gong fu cha– the biggest one is to boil the
water; the second one is to brew the tea and the smallest is used to serve it.
2. Tea cups:
Tea cups used in Gong-fu Cha are usually small in size. They are meant to hold tea that one can finish in just a gulp or two.
Only boiled water is recommended for Gong-fu Cha. Distilled water is not advisable as it produces tea that tastes flat. Spring water is still the best water to use if it is available. Spring or pure water that is filtered is poured from height into the pot in order to oxygenate it.
Water is also used to warm the utensils, wash and brew the tea.
4. Drip tray:
A lot of water is used for washing and brewing tea during the ceremony so a tray is kept handy for spillage
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